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back in england


my mom and tinkerbell (a.k.a. attack-cat (a name which more accurately describes her demeanour). she used to wear a bell and “tinker-bell” is a bit of a joke that stuck, because although she looks cute and fluffy, “tinkerbell” couldn’t be a more inappropriate name))

yep, i’m back, and its raining. 

actually, its not that bad. i’m rather in the mood for a bit of rain. i just won’t think about the fact that it’ll probably rain all the way up until june… but for now its nice.

(i’ve had to write this post over three days, and today, as i finish the post, suddenly the sun has come out… haha…!)

it was very good to see my family and friends and it was hard to leave in the end. each time i leave my mom goes all humpty-dumpty and falls apart. its terrible.

and then each time i leave england charlotte falls apart too. so… i really wish i could join my life here in england with that in south africa…

its very sad.

i did, however, take lots of photos! so soon you guys will be seeing a few more bits of my mom’s house, her cats, my friends and the sun (i went a bit bonkers and took photos of sunsets and the sun hitting the table-cloth and the sun shining through the trees! its just so bright and beautiful, unlike the reluctant and limp sod we have here in our english skies…)!


tinkerbell and monster (what a name! 🙂 ) stretching. look at the late afternoon sun…!

i’ve really missed all your blogs and cannot wait to start visiting them! between me leaving, and being away, and then settling back again, i’ve barely had time to be on the internet! unfortunately i don’t know if i’ll have quite as much time to spend on blogs as i used to, as charlotte is studying full-time now and often needs the laptop at night, but i’ll still be updating regularly (even if its just something small) and be checking everyone’s blogs every day!

i’ve still felt connected to everyone via the r.i.p. challenge, though! i’ve been loving reading my books. i finished “the claw of the conciliator” and “the zombie survival guide” and am into “dracula”, “world war z” and “the rest falls away”. i’m dissapointed that i haven’t been able to read any reviews for the challenge (except those written by the bloggers on my blogroll) or visit any blogs of the participants – but there’re still two weeks left and i intend to make the most of them!!!

on saturday its the rugby world cup final between england and south africa. the week-end’s rugby results went well – all things considering. france lost to england, but south africa beat argentina. to have both your teams in the semi-final of the world cup is massive and its a bit much to then expect them both to win those games too and reach the final. so i’m glad that one of them, at least, won. although, losing to england is terrible (with all respect to my english friends – harry, i’m thinking of you in particular). it must be some post-colonial inferiority complex, competitiveness thing, but THE ONE TEAM i simply CANNOT STAND to lose to is england. in anything.

it kills me.

so now i’m quite nervous because it would be the death of me if, after france lost to them, south africa lost to them too – and that in the world cup final as well…

what adds insult to injury is how bad england have been (are). from a neutral perspective i find it quite exciting that they’ve done so well – a great deal of it is utter genius. their game plans have been superb and the way they’ve turned their tournament around has been amazing. but really, they just aren’t a very good team. if the prospect of losing to england in the final is death to me, then adding the fact that they are so bad is like digging up my body and doing awful things to it. and then, the further prospect of them crowing about it for years to come and the “greatness” and, and, and all those horrid words i can’t even bring myself to imagine, which have already been doing the rounds…, well, that is like taking my molested and mutilated corpse and re-burying me in an england jersey inside a coffin with a cd player playing “god save the queen” and “swing low sweet chariot” on repeat.

so we simply have to win.

Categories: general, rugby
  1. October 18, 2007 at 4:02 pm

    Beautiful cat 🙂 And she’s big too!

    I know how you feel. Having loved ones in different places in the world can indeed be hard. But at least you got to see your family for a while, and now you are back with Charlotte.

    I look forward to seeing the photos!

  2. October 19, 2007 at 5:34 pm

    When I saw that photo of Tinkerbell, I thought immediately of Greebo – you know, Nanny Ogg’s little furry bubble of cat-malice. She’s a big girl, isn’t she.

    Welcome back – and looking forward to photos! More of cute relatives that don’t drive one to drink.

  3. jean pierre
    October 19, 2007 at 7:27 pm


    she is, isn’t she?! beautiful and big. and she has THE softest fur!

    yeah, you can definitely relate to how i’m feeling. and you’re right – at least i DO get to see them – and its good to be home with charlotte again!


    haha! there definitely is something of the greebo about tinkerbell!! 😀 “a little furry bubble of cat-malice” is exactly right!

  4. October 20, 2007 at 3:37 pm

    Glad to have you back JP! Your mom’s house is gorgeous, I love it! Like you said, I love the way the sun comes into the house. And those cats are just cool as hell…and I’m not even a cat person!

    South Africa in the finals! How cool is that! I’ll be cheering for you even though I won’t know what’s going on until you let us know 😉 That’s exciting!

  5. October 22, 2007 at 4:56 pm

    Welcome back! It is raining here today as well, and cold…and I’m loving it! The only disappointment is that I am at work and not at home curled up in a blanket reading. Look forward to seeing all your pics!

  6. jean pierre
    October 22, 2007 at 8:01 pm


    i’m glad you like the look of my mom’s place 🙂 i like it too! and the cats! they’re very cool too!


    i know what you mean! isn’t it just the best being nice and snug at home with a book when its raining outside?! this is my first year in an office job, and i must say i’m finding it quite hard now that its so rainy and getting so dark during the day – it makes me rather lethargic and sleepy!

  7. kim
    October 22, 2007 at 10:27 pm

    I’ll take all your rain!

    Those are beautiful cats. Glad you have a good trip, even though it is tough to be torn between two places.

  8. jean pierre
    October 23, 2007 at 8:04 am

    oh yes! you guys could really do with it…! 😦

  9. October 23, 2007 at 3:37 pm

    Glad to have you back JP!! I’ve missed reading your blog and your comments!! I hope you are enjoying World War Z! I’m just about finished with The Rest Falls Away myself!! I’m really enjoying it. I may jump right in to the next book. Hope to have the both done by Halloween. (I really want to win that stake!)

  10. jean pierre
    October 24, 2007 at 6:21 pm

    ooh… i AM enjoying “world war z”! and am just about to finish “the rest falls away” too, which i also enjoyed.

    i’m gonna have to really push to finish them all (i’ve got dracula too) before halloween…! i hope you win the stake too 🙂

  11. annalie de rosnay
    November 3, 2007 at 1:35 pm

    i still think you should have chosen a nicer photograph of me, the cat is always beautiful, but i need a lot of preparation. i am so amazed at this technology, which keeps me close to my son.

  12. jean pierre
    November 5, 2007 at 9:08 am

    sorry mommy. i can understand that you’d like the preparation and all. i like the photo a lot, though. because you’re speaking and your face is very expressive. and thats the way you look to me!

  13. annalie de rosnay
    November 8, 2007 at 5:41 pm

    tinkerbell who has not attacked any person or animal for years also read your comments and the other day when i closed the front door as she was walking towards it she grabbed my leg and bit me and then she followed up in quick succession and smacked Tuscany, Nina and her pet hate Jet Jungle.

  14. jean pierre
    November 12, 2007 at 1:43 pm


    hahahahahaha 😀


    but that is very funny – what she does. it just comes out of nowhere and is so violent and… final.

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